UT Alumni Board of Directors Honor Outstanding Alumni
The alumni board of directors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, honored 12 of its most outstanding members. Four people were honored as distinguished alumni for their years of service and great personal and professional successes.
The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award recognizes those alumni who have attained extraordinary distinction and success in their chosen fields of endeavor. Through their accomplishments, they have brought credit and acclaim to UT Knoxville and have benefited society at large.
William Stokely from the College of Business Administration was one of the four individuals recognized campus-wide. Stokely graduated from UT Knoxville in 1963, majoring in retailing. Since then, he’s served in leadership roles for several of the family’s enterprises, including serving as chairman and chief executive of Stokely Van-Camp Inc. He is now chair emeritus of the Campaign for Tennessee and was the chair of the College of Business Administration’s first capital campaign and the first to chair the dean’s advisory council. He was national chair of the university’s 21st Century Campaign and the corporate co-chair of the Tennessee Tomorrow Campaign. He also led his family in creating the Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, the first endowed chair at UT, and is among the university’s most loyal financial supporters.
The Alumni Service Award recognizes exceptional long-term continuing service and leadership to UT. All three winners of the Alumni Service Award were alums of UT’s College of Business Administration:
- Joe R. Crafton Jr., (’84, marketing) president, CROSSMARK Inc.
- A. Dean Skadberg Sr., (’61, marketing) former director of industry affairs, Procter & Gamble
- Michael T. Strickland, (’77, general business) founder, Bandit Lites
The Alumni Promise Award recognizes alumni 40 years old or younger who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in their careers, civic involvement, or both. Of the five winners recognized campus-wide, Gregory Cox Jr. was recognized. Cox (’95, accounting; ’96, MAcc) is the financial planning and analysis manager of the American Cancer Society.
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